After a series of articles and arguments that have not been about what was happening on the field – it is time to behold the glory of the best Astro of 2014: Jose Altuve.
Here is a little Altuve by the numbers (all numbers toted after the games of August 30th).
1 – The number of Astros who have led their league in hits (Jose Cruuuuuuz – 189 hits in 1983). Of course our new Jose Altuuuuuuve is well on the way to being the first Astro to lead the AL in hits – he is 17 ahead of Melky Cabrera. By the way, he is 25 ahead of the NL leader – some ne’er do well named Hunter Pence.
2 – The most games Jose has gone in a row without a hit (4 times). It is also the number of Astros who have led the league in SBs before – Craig Biggio and Michael Bourn. Altuve has a 12-bag lead over Jacoby Ellsbury in the SB race heading into September.
18 – Even though he has only played in 78 of the Astros 135 games, George Springer has driven in Altuve more times than any other teammate has.
54 – Altuve has that many multi-hit games this season, the most in the majors. Melky Cabrera is second with 51.
.402 vs. .363 – The first number is Altuve’s OBP when batting second in the order and the second number is his OBP when batting first. So maybe Bo Porter and the front office know what they are doing when they stick Jose in the second spot.
.914 / .721 – As Altuve goes, so goes the Astros. These are the OPS splits for Altuve in the Astros wins/losses. He is a terror in Houston wins or….. the Astros are terrors when Jose is hot.
So, as one of the guys who was wondering if the Astros needed to trade Jose before he got any worse last year — my deep apologies — and Jose you are the bomb.